Evans Cycles has announced a series of non-competitive on and off-road rides across the country. The rides started at the end of March, and continue twice per month until mid October.
“It’s all about getting people to use their bikes more often,” event manager Dean Stacey said. “What we do is take the hassle out of getting out on your bike — we research the trails, mark out the courses, plot it on a map and provide support throughout the day. All you need to do is turn up and ride!”
Every ride has three pre-marked routes designed for all standards of riders, from family groups to experienced cyclists.
Experienced mountain bikers will be able to tackle the medium routes (about 25-30 miles) and long routes (about 35 miles). The long route involves a section of self-navigated trails testing riders’ map-reading skills and navigation techniques, as well as their fitness.
“Although we cater for the experienced mountain biker, the rides have been designed for novices and families as well,” explained Stacey. “At every event there’s a shorter 12-15 mile loop and all kids under 16 can ride free. The free entry for kids is something that is unique and has been designed to encourage more youngsters into mountain biking.”
Every ride includes a free Memory Map OS map for each rider, free SIS energy food & drink, free kids’ entry and mechanical service. Adult entry is £10 per rider. Entries can be purchased on the Evans Cycles website at www.evanscycles.com/rideit and are also taken on the day (subject to a £2.50 surcharge).
All details of where the rides are taking place can be found on the Ride It! website: www.evanscycles.com/rideit.